3. Keep the brake applied. Once you've successfully stopped your motorcycle, you'll have to keep the bike from rolling backward by applying the front and/or rear brake. If you feel the need to put both feet down, then the front brake is your only option. If you can, it's often better to lean the bike slightly to the left so you can support the bike with your left foot and have the option of using the rear brake. On very steep hills, the front tire may not have enough traction to hold the bike from sliding backwards. In this case, you're going to have to use the rear brake. This is a good reason to get into the habit of stopping with the right foot on the rear brake.